Getting Out

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Hanging on to winter

This is a magical time, a period when we can enjoy the better parts of two seasons, at least a portion of what we’re leaving behind and what is coming this spring.

6 days ago
Field Notes 3/10/17

Outdoor licenses now available

1 week ago
Knight Life: Walker's state budget could mean demise of DNR magazine

I dumped fish heads and carcasses into a pot with two quarts of water and brought the pan to a simmer. 

2 weeks ago
Field Notes 3/3/17

Fly fishing trip to be discussed

2 weeks ago
Field Notes 2/24/17

Deer population to be reviewed

3 weeks ago
Expect the unexpected: Filming fields, forests can prompt odd encounters

An age-old adage that states a photograph is worth a thousand words is confirmed every time we look at a cave petroglyph or a kindergartener’s first attempt at art.

1 month ago
Field Notes 2/3/17

Trout guide to speak at meeting

1 month ago
Knight Life: Suggested breakup of DNR prompting long list of concerns

In breaking with her normal policy of not having the state Department of Natural Resources weigh in on issues involving the state Legislature, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp has

1 month ago
Field Notes 1/6/17

Fly-tying classes to be offered

2 months ago
Boat aids in counting of fish

MADISON — At a time of year when most Lake Michigan anglers are content to count their blessings, state Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff are out counting

2 months ago
Risky business

Ice fishing is more like archery season than gun-deer hunting season. It’s not necessary to be there at the beginning.

2 months ago
Knight Life: Hunting duo, dog seek pheasants, grouse and deer on outing

MENOMONIE — The plan was for a late season hunt for birds, as I understood it. But as Dan Werner of Menomonie and I had breakfast recently at Kyote’s Den Bar

3 months ago
Field Notes 11/25/16

Fewer deer killed during opener

3 months ago
Field Notes 11/4/16

Fly-fishing tips to be discussed

4 months ago
Field Notes 10/21/16

Students help monitor CWD

5 months ago
State’s management of CWD program to be discussed

MADISON — The public is invited to join a number of agencies next week to discuss and assess the first five years of the state Department of Natural Resources

5 months ago
Pheasant numbers lower statewide

MADISON — Pheasant hunting will again take center stage in Wisconsin when the fall hunting season opens statewide at 9 a.m. Saturday, but hunters may have a harder

5 months ago
Knight Life: Hunters treat dog suffering from heatstroke with icy baths, cold cans of beer

HAVRE, Mont. — “We now know there is an important medical use for beer,” said Bob Eloranta of Pewaukee as we picked cold cans of Leinenkugel’s

5 months ago
Field Notes 10/7/16

Speaker to discuss outings

5 months ago
Elk herd continues to expand

BLACK RIVER FALLS — After the release of an additional 50 elk in eastern Jackson County in July, the herd there has continued to settle into its primary range.

5 months ago
Knight Life: Memories of hunts gone by return with news hunting camp was sold

I got a call from Duane Jasper of Rice Lake recently telling me that the Gintz family has sold its longtime hunting camp in the wilds of Douglas County.

5 months ago
Testing of CWD to continue

MADISON — State wildlife officials will continue testing white-tailed deer killed during this year’s hunting season for chronic wasting disease, part of

6 months ago
Field Notes 9/2/16

Deer numbers appear high

6 months ago
Field Notes 8/26/16

Hunters receive turkey permits

6 months ago
Field Notes 8/19/16

Refuge celebrates 80th anniversary

7 months ago
New view of the region

TREMPEALEAU — One of Ryan Johnson’s favorite things about offering kayak tours with Driftless Adventure Co. is he never knows what he’s going to see each

7 months ago
Knight Life: Land purchase will ensure site where nuclear plant was once proposed will remain natural

I once went for a fishing trip and canoe ride with a top Xcel Energy official who told me — he didn’t intend his comments be made public at the time —

7 months ago
Field Notes 8/5/16

Thorp womanreceives award

7 months ago
Viewpoint: Debate about deer continues

EAGLE RIVER — Dave Clausen showed a photo slide of an oak tree at a gathering of outdoors writers from across Wisconsin.

7 months ago
Getting Out Briefs 7/8/16

Hearing set to discuss frac sand

8 months ago
Grouse cycle on the upswing

Ruffed grouse hunters are well-acquainted with swings in the birds’ population cycles, which measure about 10 years.

8 months ago
Field Notes 7/1/16

Caution urged with fireworks

8 months ago
Field Notes 6/24/16

Moisture boosts bird numbers

9 months ago
Field Notes 6/10/16

Spring turkey numbers rise

9 months ago
Field Notes 6/3/16

Free activities set for this weekend

9 months ago
Field Notes 5/27/16

Program helps remove lead lines

10 months ago
Banding woodcocks helps obtain information about elusive creatures

TAMARAC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Minn. — Donna Dustin knew the woodcock was there, somewhere, hunkered down in the brush, most likely with eggs or a brood of chicks.

10 months ago
Field Notes 5/13/16

Bat disease keeps on spreading

10 months ago
Field Notes 5/6/16

Artists for stamp contest sought

10 months ago
Anglers must maneuver new rules for Saturday's fishing opener

Anglers should find active walleyes, new trout regulations and the possibility of scattered showers Saturday for the general fishing season opener.

10 months ago
Working with wolves

CLOQUET, MINN. —From somewhere in the dark recesses of the den came nearly inaudible squeaks and whimpers. 

10 months ago
Field Notes 4/30/16

Rusk, Clark counties get grant

10 months ago
Field Notes 4/22/16

Work on state elk herd continues

11 months ago
Knight Life: Twelve-year-old Fall Creek boy proposes change to fishing rule

It was an unusually warm day in late March, and Jack Thomson thought it would be a good time to try out a new bass fishing rod he had received for Christmas on the Fall Creek

11 months ago
Finding shed treasures: Chance encounter helps families track down moose antlers

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — The Erickson-Pionk crew had been hunting for the shed antlers of moose for three years. 

11 months ago
Field Notes 4/15/16

Deer councils set recommendations

11 months ago
Knight Life: Deer stands, fees and other topics to be debated at hearings

Should hunters be allowed to put up a deer stand on state land and keep it up, rather than having to remove it at the end of each hunting day, as is currently required?

11 months ago
Field Notes 4/8/16

Carlson named to Hall of Fame

11 months ago
Field Notes 4/1/16

New panfish rules to begin

11 months ago
Conservation conflicts: Use of lead shot prompts conservation, economics debate

Two seemingly disparate conservation struggles — one in Minnesota that seeks to ban lead shot on some wildlife management areas, the other in Montana that has

11 months ago